Google image “The Algarve” and you’ll immediately reroute future travel plans to Portugal. The Algarve (the southern region totaling a 200km stretch of beaches) is a dream, in particular Praia de Benagil and Praia da Marinha. Thousands of years of crashing ocean waves have formed pristine beaches and secluded coves into dramatic limestone cliffs. We explored via a trail towering over the numerous beaches and a cave boat tour gave a thrilling perspective (the captain even let me take the wheel!) and was a highlight of the entire vacation. Our trip concluded with a few nights in Lisbon and a day trip to Sintra. There was no shortage of inspiration among ornate patterned tile, colorful rooftops, lush landscaping and various architecture styles especially in Sintra, the historic getaway to Lisbon’s monarchs. I could’ve spent far more time in Portugal (and every place we visited!), but one of the best things about returning home is it’s time to brainstorm the next adventure…

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